When you put in your application for Social Security benefits, you thought you had an ironclad case. You clearly cannot work. Your condition isn’t going to improve soon, if at all. You’re the very definition of someone who needs these benefits.
When you got your answer from the Social Security Administration, though, it wasn’t what you expected. They decided to deny your claim. Should you be as shocked as you feel, or is this actually pretty common?
Most SSDI claims get denied at least once
The truth is that most initial applications get denied. As the SSA puts it, statistically speaking, more than six out of every 10 applications get denied when they are first submitted. This is something that the majority of people have to deal with and it is not an uncommon experience that you’re having.
It also does not mean that you don’t have a case or that you don’t deserve benefits. You absolutely may qualify.
For instance, many denials happen when people make simple mistakes, such as filling out the paperwork incorrectly or not submitting all of the right documents. Others have very valid conditions and the SSA just needs to see more medical evidence. These technical denials are fine. They just mean you need to refine your submission so that it shows the SSA what you already know — that you do deserve the benefits.
You can overcome an unfair denial
As you work toward this end goal, be sure you know what legal steps to take. There are ways to strengthen your claim so that you get what you really deserve. Contact an attorney who concentrates his practice in Social Security Disability claims for help.